Journeys International creates and delivers extraordinary guided adventures that fulfill dreams, stretch understandings, protect the natural environment, support traditional cultures, and foster connections between people.
In all that we do and create, the Journeys staff strive to embody seven core values:
- Explore. We seek new terrain, literally and metaphorically. We seek new experiences around the world, and we are curious, constantly learning, eager to engage with new ideas and perspectives. We seek new ways to deliver better travel experiences. We also enable travelers to journey down paths new to themand we model openness to experience. Travel is not passive; it is an active pursuit, a venturing forth.
- Serve awesome, awe-inspiring experiences. We build inspiration into the Journeys experience. We believe in enthusiastic and unique approaches to fulfilling our mission. The potential for our trips to deliver value and awe begins with the service we provide before travelers leave home. From first contact, through the trip, and with post-trip follow-through, we seek to make travel meaningful and exceedingly enjoyable, with service that enhances the experience.
- Build community. Cherish people. We have open, respectful, warm, long-standing relationships with those in the Journeys community: guides, hosts, vendors, clients, employees, and other stakeholders. We believe in all of these people learning about and taking care of each other.
- Embrace nature. Treasure Earth. This world is a beautiful home, and we believe in relishing, learning about, and taking care of the planet where we live.
- Pursue excellence together. We attend to quality, seek continuous improvement, and encourage each other's growth and learning.
- Know our history. Go forth with optimism. We are a small, longstanding, family owned and operated company that pioneered the principles of ecotourism – active, small-group travel that supports traditional communities and natural environments – before ecotourism was a word. We have endured since 1978, and we will continue to thrive because of our proactive, positive attitude, responsible management, and team spirit.
- Enjoy the adventure. We take immense joy from the wonders all around us, from the thrills of actively exploring the world, and from facilitating the journey for others. Everyone on the team contributes to the fun of the job.
journeys code of ethics for travelers
We also encourage Journeys’ high standards of respectful, environmentally-conscientious behavior among travelers. These are our expectations for ourselves, our guides and our hosts as well. We invite you to adopt these principles as your own while traveling with Journeys.
aspire to invisibility
Observe, but do not disturb natural systems.
- Move cautiously and quietly in natural areas.
- Do not collect natural souvenirs.
- Sense and emulate acceptable conversation volume and vigor. Don’t overwhelm or intimidate your hosts.
- Observe all locally established rules and customs for conduct.
vanish without a trace
Minimize your impact on the environment.
- Remove packaging from items before leaving home.
- Bring and use biodegradable soaps and detergents.
- Conserve water.
- Do not build campfires in dry or protected areas.
- Do not distribute nondegradable, breakable gifts or items in nondegradable packaging.
- Do not buy or consume animal or plant products harvested from unmanaged wild populations.
- Leave no litter.
seize the power of your experience
Act directly to accomplish conservation.
- Pick up litter left by others.
- Do not rely on remote local markets or village food supplies to outfit your trip. You can cause inflation and food shortages.
- Do not patronize accommodations, organizations, vendors, operators, villages, or individuals who violate environmental regulations or principles.
- Advocate for sustainable use of the natural environments you visit.
- Discuss conservation with local students and teachers.
- Tell your guides and the JOURNEYS staff about improvements we can make to positively affect nature and culture conservation.
- Make donations to temples, schools, monasteries, parks and museums.
- Join local conservation organizations.
value other cultures
Embrace diversity. Reverse missionary zeal.
- Learn proper local etiquette.
- Dress neatly and conservatively in your own cultural tradition.
- Employ local residents as guides, porters or drivers.
- Treat them as friends, not servants. Learn the names of your local hosts and a little of their native language.
- Listen and learn; do not preach or criticize cultural practices.
- Purchase souvenirs from the original makers and do not drive an excessively hard bargain.
- Evaluate requests for gifts carefully and provide a balanced view of Western material culture.
- Determine from your guide the most culturally appropriate way to reciprocate for local hospitality.
- Take photographs within the guidelines suggested by your guide. Make good on promises to send copies.